2010 Top Gear Awards winners have just been announced and the 2011 BMW 520d Touring takes the top spot in the “Family Car of the Year” category. Here is the review that led to the win:
“Pity the competition. The new 5 Touring is one of the most sorted all-round cars available today. In fact, if you can stump up the not-insignificant £30k asking price for this entry-level 520d – there’s a 530d, too, plus the 525i and 530i petrols, but the smallest diesel is the one everyone will buy – it could be all the car you’ll ever need.
Its Big Numbers, as we’ve come to expect from BMW, are lightly stupefying. With 184bhp and 280lb ft of torque, the 520d will spin to 62mph in 8.3 seconds but, with the help of the standard stop-start tech, return 55mpg and 137g/km of CO2. In a car this size, that’s astonishing.
On the road, the engine is as excellent as its figures suggest. This is one of the smoothest, most tractable small diesels out there, with an unfeasibly wide powerband and much shove throughout the rev range. OK, occasionally you’ll miss the kidney-jabbing acceleration of the straight sixes, but for a real-world combination of economy and pace, look no further.”
As we mentioned in the past, built on the F11 platform, the 520d is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder common rail turbo diesel engine which gives an excellent ratio of power consumption. The engine produces 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and offers a standard consumption of just 5.1 liters of diesel per 100 km (46.1 mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 135 grams per kilometer. In Germany, the BMW 520d Touring has a base price of 42,600 euros, making it one of the most affordable vehicles in the 5 Series family.
With excellent fuel efficiency and enough power to haul five passengers and cargo, the 520d Touring has already become a great seller for BMW. Just a few weeks ago we reported that the car has been sold out until early 2011.
“The new 5 Series Touring has been received very positively both by the media and by our customers. As the current 5 Series Touring, the new car will probably be mainly sold in Europe. After ordering European customers of the new 5 Series Touring currently will have to wait around three months for delivery”, said Markus Sagemann, Corporate Communications spokesperson.
Unfortunately for US customers, the versatile and highly fuel efficient 520d Touring is not available on this side of the ocean.